What an unbelievable weekend !
First, Bharadwaj Rangan dropped by my blog and said he loved my Ghajini spoof and thought it was 'great stuff' and even asked if I would like to 'do illustrations for a paper' and said he'd 'be happy to help' ! That too after I'd dropped a comment on his blog which in all probability he could have deemed petty and offensive(though it wasn't meant to be). But awesome bloke that he is, patiently replied with a huge comment to my comment and also dropped by my blog and said he loved the piece... I know I said this before but that was just outta the world ! woohoo !
For those who came in late Rangan is easily the best movie critic in the country and he gets to add the title 'national award winner' to his name on account of his winning best film critic in 2005 ;)
And so over the next 2 days more than a 100 people(all regular readers of the immensely respected and popular Rangan's blog) came over to mine on account of his high praise. Well, only 2 of them replied and one said I oughta be in the papers if I already wasn't. Anyway its great to have so many eyeballs from all over the place coming over to the blog !
Thanks Rangan :) !
And with Sunday, D-day arrived. Yes, our play 'Battle of the Sexes' by the Rebelz !
A friend of mine had asked me earlier if I was nervous especially since 2 scripts I wrote were being staged and I pooh poohed the thought, but heck I was nervous as hell !
What if the auditorium was empty to start off with ?
What if the audience found none of the lines funny ? What if the puns were not caught ?
It was quite an experience waiting in the green room and peeking out to get a glimpse of the stage and waiting with bated breath to see which lines got laughs and which fell flat and which went unnoticed ! And since I was also helping with the props I was sure I was gonna knock over the glass jar or trip on a cable but thankfully everything went smoothly.
Well pessimism doesnt really help I know...thankfully one look at a jam packed crowd in Alliance Francaise's Top Storey kinda laid mosta the doubts to rest ! 3 housefull(and more) shows ! Couldnt have asked for a bigger turnout ! I was told we had to turn away some people due to a full house...
With 'Battle of the sexes',we Rebelz have 'made it to a new level' according to one of the respected theater personalities in town!
Well we all had our part to play and the Rebelz spirit came out in full flow !!!
Great show guys !
Personally I'm mighty pleased ...A highly successful debut as a 'playwright' methinks ;)
...for more on us go over here... http://www.rebelz.in
Some of my friends ask me why I haven't tried my hand at acting too...I tell them I stick to my strengths-art and writing ! Let's leave the acting to the people with charisma and stage presence shall we :)
Besides I dont think I would have done justice to any of the characters after seeing how well they were performed by the chosen actors...
Some loyal friends from the blogosphere showed their support by coming for the show and dragged along their friends.I do know that at times it must be a bit difficult convincing people to shell out money to watch a relatively new theater group when they can spend it on a movie, but for those that kept the faith, THANKS :) ! Hope you guys enjoyed the show and got your money's worth ! And thanks for the terrific feedback too !
Personally for me,the 'highlight' of the evening was when this beeeyoootiful girl from the audience came up to me and said she thought the scripts were great ! Mostly, only the actors were the ones getting the handshakes and pats on the back from the audience members, so this felt great ! Whoever you are, thanks :D !!!
The next day it was back to normalcy owing to *ugh* office, but the feeling of euphoria will still linger for a few days to come !